Can anyone tell me about spinal decompression does it help,is it worth it,and is it covered by insurance?
Spinal decompression is used to treat back pain that is caused by problems such as a herniated disc or sciatica. Spinal stenosis makes the channels of the spinal column narrow, and pressure begins accumulating, causing the vertebrae to compress down on the discs in between. Such stress can lead to the damage that causes back problems such as bulged discs. Spinal decompression is used to reverse the effects and take stress off of the spine.
Spinal decompression therapy is most beneficial because it treats the exact injured location, not just the symptoms. It goes right to the source of the problem. When the spine is compressed the flow of nutrients and blood is cut off leading to deterioration and breakage. Picture if you had tight elastic rolled up onto your upper arm and it was putting pressure down, cutting off circulation to the lower portion of your arm. If you leave it long enough you can see that the color will begin to change and it is very clear that your arm is struggling. It is the same thing with the back, only it isn’t as visible and it takes a little more work than rolling off elastic.
Spinal decompression can be achieved by using a therapeutic table that you are strapped into and a computer controls the table and it provides force and pressure to specific areas of the spine. The force being used against the stressed area will slowly cause it to decompress and the proper blood flow and nutrients can begin to be absorbed. There is also the option of surgery to remove any discs or widen the channels. Spinal decompression using the table often results in a permanent fix and for the most part, treatment is no longer needed again.
The Therapy Can be Used to Treat:
Spinal decompression is a good resource if you are looking to treat back problems like herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, and degenerative disc disease. These back problems may be the result of an injury from a fall or a car accident, bad posture, bad body mechanics or just old age. Spinal decompression should not be used if the area has metal rods or screws in place, it will not treat myelitis or fractures.
If you have tried taking medications, getting steroid shots, exercising, eating right and still have not found relief then spinal decompression is a good idea because once you begin to get better you can stop missing time from work, make more money, and be able to become more active. Also non-surgical spinal decompression is the best option for if you simply just do not want to undergo surgery.
For spinal decompression being covered by insurance, perhaps you would have to speak to the insurance company for more info.
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